Astounding artist representation
Drawn to better

About us

Astound US Inc is a new kind of Artist Representation business based in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, and now with offices in London.

We aim high - to Astound - by being the Agency with the best in contemporary children's book illustration, and both licensing and commercial art from around the world.

We back that up with excellence in every aspect: from the first presentation, to how we project manage, and all the way through to how we invoice.

We Astound by being good at what we do with a snappy, can-do, enthusiastic, talented and creative attitude. And yes, we're not expensive.

All those things that make for an 'astounding' outcome.

Our promise to artists: career advancement with the right clients, regular creative guidance, strong administrative support and on time payment

Drawn to better.

Be drawn to better.

No matter where you are in the world or at whichever stage of your freelance artist career you may be, we're passionate about helping your career be more successful and rewarding by creating the art you love most! We are on your side: we'll give you insider's tips and client feedback for your folio development, and also introduce you directly to leading children's publishing houses, greeting card companies, jigsaw puzzle and game manufacturers, poster and decorative product suppliers (tableware, stationery)… the list goes on!

We're here to discuss the artistic direction you'd like to pursue and make that a reality with you.

Our positive relationships with our artists have made us the most rapidly growing Artist Agency in New York, possibly the USA. Here in the center of the publishing world, we are just a few subway stops away from the biggest brands worldwide, but we don't stay local - our agents travel everywhere to showcase your portfolio (and custom-made promotional materials!), from coast to coast in the USA, to major fairs in Europe: Frankfurt, Bologna, London and beyond.

We spread the word about your talent through personalized mail-outs, regular correspondence with close contacts in the industry, and online campaigns in addition to our state of the art site - all free to you!

Our partnership with Collaborate Agency's highly experienced team of editors and designers means that we can also support you in developing original children's book ideas into full-fledged storybooks and presentations, which we bring to the biggest children's book fairs of the year.

Best of all, we make sure you're paid right on time.

Astound us! If you'd like to learn more and be represented by Astound US, please email with a sampling of your favorite pieces (8-10 .jpgs under 2MB each).

Astound Team!

Bonfire Night Burning Bright October 31 2019


In the U.K a historical event is celebrated every winter, to commemorate the attempted gunpowder plot on parliament in 1605.

As a quick history lesson, the plot was led by Robert Catesby a provincial English Catholic, who had along with a group of others, stashed gunpowder under The Houses of Parliament in order to assassinate King James I. Another name for Bonfire Night is Guy Fawkes after the Dutch Catholic who was caught trying to set alight the gunpowder, foiling the plot. At the time, effigies of Guy Fawkes were burned in celebration by the people and this practice continued into a more general assembling of a bonfire and fireworks today. On November 5th people will gather at their neighbour’s homes or in parks for firework displays, activities like Apple bobbing and to play with sparklers. In more rural areas, effigies are still burned and sometimes a brave few will run through the streets carrying a burning barrel on their backs!

With Bonfire night being a heartwarming winter activity for all the family, we asked some of our artists to create scenes inspired by this explosive night and they delivered with some sparkling spreads!

Millie Liu sent us the perfect picture of a central London celebration, enjoying the fireworks from a rooftop!

April Hartmann gave us children alight with excitement from the glowing evening.

Chris Saunders has shown us his penguin, painting the sky with a rainbow sparkler.

Hannah Marks knows that anyone (human or otherwise) can enjoy the bigger firework displays from their own back yard.



Astound Artist Agency Manhattan is a new kind of artist representation based in New York City. We aim high – to Astound – by being the illustration agency with the best contemporary children’s book illustrators and greeting card designers that the industry has to offer. We connect publishers and artists from around the globe, with our Astound Illustration Agency London offices now open in the UK. Astound US – Drawn to better.